Ghanaians are all too familiar with the antics and controversy surrounding the self-styled bishop, Daniel Obinim.
Recently he claimed on television that he sometimes turns into various animals along with Jesus to fight evil spirits.
However, Ghanaians are yet to meet Prophet Mboro who trumps Obinim on all levels.
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Last week, there was a widely reported story in the South African media about him charging 5000 rand (which is about 1300 cedis) from his followers to see photos of him when he ascended into heaven with a smartphone. While that story has later been found to be a hoax, this has not stopped the endless mocking from social media users in the country.
Endless mocking of Mboro from social media users in South Africa
So on this note, we have decided to put together eight amazing facts about Prophet Mboro.
- The name of his church is Incredible Happenings. Its motto is not that hard to imagine; “It’s incredible; It’s happening.” The Johannesburg based church boasts of thousands of followers making it one of Africa mega churches.
- The 48 year old televangelist and prophet is credited with thousands of health related healing and miracles as well as prayers for poor to become rich. This service is high in demand in a country where poverty and income inequality is rife. 54% of the population live below the poverty line according to Statistics South Africa. That is about 27 million people.
- At church, his members can buy a host of specially branded items and household products with his face on it at the shop. They include sanitary pads, holy salt, holy water, t-shirts and his own body creams. Ghanaian preachers do have holy water and oil; but not we have never had sanitary pads. With majority of members being women; it kind of makes sense. According to some members of the church, you could just put a pad on a body pain and it will all be gone. And it works fine for the monthly flow as well.
- He calls the vagina; “biscuit”. A BBC documentary; The Millionaire Preacher; presented by Ghanaian-born British actor and disc jockey Reggie Yates, shows him stepping on a woman’s vagina in an attempt to heal her. The woman claims to have tried to take her own life after she was raped by evil spirits. Mboro’s healing tactics are not entirely different from that of Obinim; who stepped on a pregnant woman’s belly in a healing and deliverance exercise some years ago.
- Mboro is a very wealthy man; with over 30 luxury cars and private armed bodyguards. In that BBC documentary, he goes clothes shopping and he unapologetically claims that sometimes he spends 100,000 rand on clothes in one day at one shop.
To put that in perspective, that’s about 26,000 cedis. For a poor boy from the townships who was traumatized by cats that could speak, Mboro has done quite well for himself
Pastor Mboro at home
- Mboro is not only great at healing the sick and help the poor get rich, he is a fantastic dancer. His church services are very lively with him breaking some dance moves and occasionally singing. He says he wants to help the people who come to his church forget all the troubles and principalities that drove them to come to him. “I want them to enjoy God in a different way.” You really can’t argue with that logic.
- Despite controversies about him, Mboro’s life and the grass to grace story he stands for, resonate very well with his followers.
Even his fiercest critics admit that he gives millions of people hope to believe in themselves and that they can get out of their present harsh conditions. You can’t fight that.
Pastor Mboro's House
- We end with one of Mboro’s most famous church services ever. In that service, he asked his congregation to come along with underwears (panties, boxers, brassieres) for them to be blessed. They continue with prayers where the congregation held onto to their sexual organs for blessings. The image of hundreds of people waving their underwear and holding their private parts in church will surely stay with you for quite some time.